Autoblog Midsize Truck Comparison | Toyota Tacoma, Ford Ranger, Chevy Colorado, Jeep Gladiator

Autoblog Midsize Truck Comparison | Toyota Tacoma, Ford Ranger, Chevy Colorado, Jeep Gladiator

LAKE LEELANAU, Mich. — Five years ago the midsize truck segment was a one-horse race. The Toyota Tacoma reigned supreme, thanks to a sterling reputation for reliability, great residuals and a fiercely loyal fanbase. Then in 2014, the second-generation Chevrolet Colorado burst onto the scene, injecting life into the stagnant segment and racking up nearly half a million sales through 2018. This led to the reintroduction of the Ford Ranger in 2019 and the new Wrangler-based Jeep Gladiator, that brand's first truck in nearly 30 years.

Although we've driven them all extensively, it was time to see which of these midsize trucks is really the best. We gathered them for a few days in the forests of northern Michigan. Six of us — four editors and a pair of video producers — were on hand to rate the trucks and document the whole affair. The goal? To determine the strongest one overall, using our bespoke scoring formula to see how each truck measured up in critical areas. These trucks have a tougher task than their full-size brethren. They need to pack comfort and utility into a stylish form, while providing value relative to the Silverado, Ford F-150 and Ram 1500.

2019 Nissan Altima Wants To Shake Up Midsize Sedans

2019 Nissan Altima wants to shake up midsize sedans

Nissan designed the sixth-generation 2019 Altima to fulfill a lofty mission: shake up the midsized sedan segment. The carmaker said it was already well into work on its formerly best-selling vehicle when the Rogue crossover became the most popular Nissan on the lot. Once the Altima had been freed from the constraint of being the company's No. 1 in the U.S., Nissan decided to go further with the Atima's design and detailing, and make it a global car. The result sits on a new platform, gets two new engines, a lot more tech, and is available with all-wheel drive.

Trim count increases to five: S, SR, SV, SL, and the new Platinum. The standard engine in every trim is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 80 percent of its parts either new or redesigned compared to the current 2.5-liter four. Changes include adding direct injection, integrating the exhaust manifold into the cylinder head, and a thermal insulated resin intake port, which uses an air layer to help keep fresh intake air cold. Power goes up nine horsepower to 188, torque rises three pound-feet to 180. Fuel economy and refinement see upgrades as well.

New Frontier: Nissan Finally Announces Plans To Reinvigorate Its Midsize Pickup

New Frontier: Nissan finally announces plans to reinvigorate its midsize pickup

If there's a pickup truck — or maybe any vehicle — that's in more desperate need of an update than the Nissan Frontier, we haven't heard of it.

The Frontier hasn't been updated since 2005, a fact the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety noted last week when it gave marginal ratings to both its king- and crew-cab models, the worst ratings of eight midsize pickups it evaluated in crash tests. And our review of the 2017 version, which retails for $5,000 less than competitors like the Chevrolet Colorado or the recently redesigned Toyota Tacoma, concluded that, "The Frontier doesn't measure up against the newer midsize truck competition. It gets down to the price. And since the four-cylinder doesn't measure up to the V6, that too becomes all about the price."

Nissan Murano Tops Midsize Suv Section In 2015 J.d. Power Automotive Performance

2014 LA Auto Show : 2015 Nisasn MuranoThree Nissan models have been perceived as being among the most engaging vehicles to possess and drive in their portions in the simply discharged J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Car, Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) StudySM – drove by the completely upgraded 2015 Nissan Murano hybrid's top complete in the Midsize SUV class. Murano scored a sum of 853 focuses, a 58-point change over the past era Murano configuration and 35 focuses over the second place finisher in the section.

Mitsubishi, Nissan Midsize Sedan Tie-up Stalls

Mitsubishi, Nissan Midsize Sedan Tie-Up StallsA planned tie-up between Mitsubishi and Nissan has hit a snag.
Mitsubishi dealers were excited to hear the news that the company would be sourcing a new midsize sedan from Nissan-Renault, but now they surely have a sour taste in their mouths. “I told [our dealers] that the plan has stalled,” said Don Swearingen, executive vice president of Mitsubishi Motors North America. “And I said that’s really all I can tell you at this time.”

Nissan Murano Named "best New/redesigned Midsize Crossover" In Kiplinger's 2015 Best Value Awards

2014 LA Auto Show : 2015 Nisasn MuranoKiplinger's Personal Finance has named the 2015 Nissan Murano the "Best New/Redesigned Midsize Crossover" in the publication's annual 2015 Best Value Awards – a comprehensive review that "reveals the best values on the newest models." The Murano, which hit dealerships in December, received the accolade yesterday afternoon at the 2015 Washington Auto Show.

Nissan Navara Platform To Underpin Us Midsize Pickup

Nissan Navara Platform to Underpin US Midsize PickupNissan will turn to its Navara pickup to help develop a new truck for the U.S. market.
According to a report by The Truth About Cars, the Japanese automaker is scrapping its plan to build a next-generation Frontier pickup for the U.S. market based on the first-generation truck.

Nissan Altima Awarded Edmunds.com Trophy For Best Retained Value In Midsize Sedan Segment

Nissan AltimaThe 2014 Nissan Altima has just been awarded the Best Retained Value® in the mid-size sedan segment by Edmunds.com. Edging out all other midsize sedans with an overall retained value of 47.3 percent, Altima was judged to have the highest projected residual value after five years, based on their average "cash" True Market Value® (TMV®) price during their first five months in the market.

2015 Nissan Murano Resets The Standard In The Midsize Crossover Segment

2015 Nissan Murano resets the standard in the midsize crossover segmentNissan today provided an early look at the all-new 2015 Nissan Murano prior to its world debut at the New York International Auto Show. The official reveal takes place on Wednesday, April 16th at a press conference at New York's Jacob Javits Center. The dramatic new Murano will be on display to the public at the show from Friday, April 18 through Sunday, April 27, 2014.